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Emma Skakle

T: +44 20 7809 2335 Email Emma Office: London

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Emma Skakle Partner

Contact details

Emma Skakle

Emma Skakle
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2335 Email Emma Office: London

Emma is an experienced litigator and specialises in resolving complex disputes for clients across the international trade, shipping and natural resources sectors.

She advises trading houses, oil companies, producers, shipowners, charterers, and insurers on the full range of their contractual and often multi-jurisdictional disputes, in both arbitration and High Court litigation.

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Emma is an international disputes and arbitration specialist with a particular focus on commodities and shipping issues. She regularly acts for the major players in the soft commodities industries (including grains, oilseeds, sugar and cocoa) and has extensive experience representing clients in London arbitrations (including GAFTA, FOSFA, SAL, LMAA, ICC, LCIA), the English High Court, and mediation. Her practice also includes hard commodities and oil & gas disputes, where she has acted for state-owned companies in complex, multi-jurisdictional arbitrations.

In the shipping sector, Emma advises charterers, shipowners, insurers, and cargo interests on all types of charterparty issues including ship arrests, security, freight, and hire, and has acted on a number of reported shipping cases, including representing the successful charterers in the Commercial Court decision "The Eleni P" (2019) relating to a dispute over hire during a period of detention by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. 

Emma presents globally on legal topics relating to the international sale of goods. She also has in-house experience, both at a global shipping company and a large steel producer, which has given her a deep insight into the needs of her clients and their industries. She was recognised as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 for 2020.

  • Shipping litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Commodities
  • Marine and international trade

The "Eleni P"

Representing the successful intermediate charterer in a dispute relating to a charterparty on amended NYPE 1946 and a claim by the head owner for damages arising out of off-hire payments and related expenditures following the capture of the vessel by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea.

The "Yangtze Xing Hua"

Representing the charterer in an arbitration and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of its liability under clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement 1996 for a cargo claim brought against the owner of the vessel.

The "Union Power"

Representing the buyer in both the LMAA arbitration and subsequent High Court appeal in a dispute arising out of the sale of a second hand vessel, and establishing that clause 11 of the Norwegian Saleform 1993 does not exclude the term of satisfactory quality implied by section 14(2) of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

Vessel redelivery – LMAA arbitrations

Representing a Malaysian shipping company in concurrent LMAA arbitrations relating to the condition of an oil tanker on redelivery to its owners following a long-term bareboat charter.

Charterparty, bill of lading and CoA disputes

Advising clients on all types of dry-shipping matters, including bill of lading issues, documentary credits, security considerations, and ship arrests.

More: Shipping litigation

Offshore drilling – LCIA arbitration

JV dispute between a major oil company and its joint venture partner in relation to an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement for an off-shore drilling project.

Soft commodities – FOSFA arbitration

Representing a large soybean trader in an US$ 11 million dispute arising out of a Russian ban on imports from the Ukraine and subsequent contractual default for non-delivery.

Drill-ship contract - LCIA arbitration

Advising a national oil company on a circa US$ 150 million drilling services agreement and counterclaim, and associated proceedings.

World-wide freezing orders

Obtaining world-wide freezing injunctions and associated disclosure orders in support of London arbitral proceedings.

Sale contract disputes

Advising clients in relation to quality claims and other default issues arising under contracts for the supply of oil and petroleum products.

More: International arbitration

Sugar – SAL arbitration

Representing a global soft commodities trading firm in a US$ 12 million sugar claim before the Sugar Association of London. 

Soybeans – FOSFA arbitration

Representing a large soybean trader in an US$ 11 million dispute arising out of a Russian ban on imports from the Ukraine and subsequent contractual default for non-delivery.

Wheat – GAFTA arbitration

Representing the buyer of cargoes of Canadian wheat in claims against their contractual seller arising out of their attempts to appropriate an inferior grade of wheat to the contract.

Hydrocarbon assets – ICC arbitration

Breach of warranty claims valued at over US$ 50 million arising out of the sale and purchase of one of a major oil company's subsidiaries engage principally in on-shore drilling.

Sale contract disputes

Advising clients in relation to quality claims and other default issues arising under contracts for the supply of oil and petroleum products.

More: Commodities

Commodity arbitrations

Representing a number of trading companies on contractual issues arising out of the trade of grains, oils, metals and other physical commodities.

Charterparty, bill of lading and CoA disputes

Advising clients on all aspects of dry-shipping matters, including bill of lading issues, documentary credits, security considerations, and ship arrests.

Sugar – SAL arbitration

Representing a global soft commodities trading firm in a US$ 12 million sugar claim before the Sugar Association of London.

Soybeans – FOSFA arbitration

Representing a large soybean trader in an US$ 11 million dispute arising out of a Russian ban on imports from the Ukraine and subsequent contractual default for non-delivery.

The "Yangtze Xing Hua"

Representing the charterer in an arbitration and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of its liability under clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement 1996 for a cargo claim brought against the owner of the vessel.

More: Marine and international trade

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping

Offshore drilling – LCIA arbitration

JV dispute between a major oil company and its joint venture partner in relation to an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement for an off-shore drilling project.

Hydrocarbon assets – ICC arbitration

Breach of warranty claims arising out of the sale and purchase of one of a major oil company's subsidiaries engage principally in on-shore drilling.

Commodity arbitrations

Representing a number of trading companies on contractual issues arising from the trade of grains, oils, metals and other physical commodities.

Sale contract disputes

Advising clients in relation to quality claims and other default issues arising under contracts for the supply of oil and petroleum products.

More: Energy and natural resources

Offshore drilling – LCIA arbitration

JV dispute between a major oil company and its joint venture partner in relation to an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement for an off-shore drilling project.

Hydrocarbon assets – ICC arbitration

Breach of warranty claims arising out of the sale and purchase of one of a major oil company's subsidiaries engage principally in on-shore drilling.

Drill-ship contract - LCIA arbitration

Advising a national oil company on a circa US$ 150 million drilling services agreement and counterclaim, and associated proceedings.

Sale contract disputes

Advising clients in relation to quality claims and other default issues arising under contracts for the supply of oil and petroleum products.

More: Oil and gas

The "Eleni P"

Representing the successful intermediate charterer in a dispute relating to a charterparty on amended NYPE 1946 and a claim by the head owner for damages arising out of off-hire payments and related expenditures following the capture of the vessel by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea.

The "Yangtze Xing Hua"

Representing the charterer in an arbitration and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of its liability under clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement 1996 for acargo claim brought against the owner of the vessel.

The "Union Power"

Representing the buyer in both the LMAA arbitration and subsequent High Court appeal in a dispute arising out of the sale of a second hand vessel, and establishing that clause 11 of the Norwegian Saleform 1993 does not exclude the term of satisfactory quality implied by section 14(2) of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

Vessel redelivery – LMAA arbitrations

Representing a Malaysian shipping company in concurrent LMAA arbitrations relating to the condition of an oil tanker on redelivery to its owners following a long-term bareboat charter.

Charterparty, bill of lading and CoA disputes

Advising clients on all types of dry-shipping matters, including bill of lading issues, documentary credits, security considerations, and ship arrests.

More: Shipping

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